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ZombieTown USA Saturday at Heritage Plaza

From Mirror reports

The fourth annual Zombie Town USA takes place this Saturday at Heritage Plaza and throughout downtown Altoona and features live entertainment, a Halloween parade and a Zombie-themed wedding.

The event attracts Zombie lovers from throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, said Chris Peters, CEO of NOVA6 Studios, event organizer and a marketing consulting firm. The concept grew out a love for all-things Zombie-related, such as movies, games and books.

“Since there is no gate and it’s free, we really don’t have a way to track (attendance), so we do run into people and ask them to get an idea (where they are from) … it’s starting to get some really good attention,” Peters said.

This year the event has been consolidated into a one-day event that begins at 11 a.m. and concludes after 9 p.m.

Musical entertainment features The Backyard Rockers at 11 a.m., Jae Smith, a local acoustic singer/songwriter at 12:30 p.m. followed by Felix and the Hurricanes from 2 to 4 p.m.

After the Zombie wedding, music resumes with Deny Your Maker, an Alice in Chains tribute band and concludes with The Musicologists, a music tribute to Prince.

The ever-popular Halloween parade takes place at 7 p.m. and is followed by a costume contest at 8 p.m.

“This is a very inclusive event and we have tried to welcome anyone interested in contributing something,” said Todd McKeone, chief marketing officer of NOVA6 Studios. “I have been witnessing a change in Altoona over the last few years as the community has increasingly participated in events like ZombieTown USA and CREA814 Festival. Downtown Altoona can be an example for other communities as local businesses, agencies, artists and individuals have been working together to make the area safer, friendlier, more creative and better for businesses and citizens both. I’m very excited to be a part of this.”

Adding to the excitement this year is a wedding ceremony/vow renewal following a contest initiated last summer by LaVonne Falbo, owner of Rustic Bridal & Event Rentals at LaVintage Decor. She invited couples to compete in a Zombie Wedding Giveaway Contest and partnered with other local businesses to put together a fantasy wedding prize package that includes a dress, cake, pastor, flowers, band and beverages.

Carey and Donald Pierce were chosen as the winners. The couple had a court house wedding 11 years ago and have four children but still dreamed of a wedding with all the frills.

The ceremony takes place at the plaza’s gazebo at 4 p.m. and everyone is invited.

The bride and groom will be outfitted by Love It Boutique, including the bride’s altered Alfred Angelo dress. Her nails will be manicured by Nails by Ashley McAleer, hair by Shear Power, and makeup from Davine Dreamz. Flowers will be provided by Peterman’s Florist. Photography by Maranda Joy Photography. Pastor James Baldwin of Champion Life Church will officiate. Backdrops and decor for the ceremony will be provided by LaVintage Decor.

Additional activities include children’s face-painting or Zombie make up applications and a fun, hands-on learning experience Penn State Altoona’s “Spooktacular Science.”

Adults will enjoy shopping among the many vendors, featuring an assortment of artists and craftsmen.

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